Hoghton pantomime will be dedicated to society founder

Malcolm Clay
Malcolm Clay
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A founder of Hoghton Pantomime Society has died at the age of 69.

Malcolm Clay always wanted to write and direct a pantomime.

He got involved with Hoghton Drama Club and about 10 years ago, he branched out and helped to set up Hoghton Pantomime Society.

He would write scripts and direct productions filled with music, dancing, costumes and comedy routines.

The pantomime became a tradition and the next production will use one of his original scripts and be dedicated to his memory.

Malcolm, who lived in Mellor, worked as a lawyer until his retirement.

He loved the circus from being a young boy after seeing a show with his parents in his home town of Halifax.

He became a circus expert and legal adviser to the profession

He often dealt with Government bodies and even appeared on stage at the London Palladium in front of the Queen Mother.

Malcolm was secretary for the Association Of Circus Proprietors, a council member and archivist of the Circus Fans Association, represented the circus world on Government committees, and was appointed an assessor by the Arts Council for circus and street theatre.

Malcolm leaves his wife Nora, three sons and two grandchildren.

He died suddenly of natural causes.